Date
11 December 2017
Lam Ho-tat has won a top research award this year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Photo: Sky Daily
Lam Ho-tat has won a top research award this year at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Photo: Sky Daily

Physics prodigy Lam makes waves in network research

Lam Ho-tat may be one step closer to realizing his dream of becoming a renowned physicist and attaining global recognition like his idol Albert Einstein.

The second-year undergraduate student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has just won the university’s research award this year for a study on network reliability.

Providing a groundbreaking solution to a decade-old problem, Lam’s study could greatly enhance the reliability of networks such as power grids, internet and social media networking systems, using limited resources.

The 18-year-old will deliver his findings to an audience of scholars at two academic conferences in Poland and Canada this summer.

Admitted to the HKUST at the age of 16, Lam began his first research project in the same year and had since then published two research papers.

“Undergraduates can make significant and original contributions to research as well,” HKUST President Tony Chan said. “Young students have fresh minds and may propose new approaches that even senior researchers haven’t considered.”

Lam was born in Hong Kong but studied in Shenzhen until Form 4 as his parents were working in the southern Chinese city. He has won many prominent awards, including the gold medal at the Asian Physics Olympiad, Sky Daily noted.

“I just did my research for fun. If I don’t think it’s interesting, then I won’t do it. If I have some ideas, I will carry them out immediately,” the young genius said.

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